I cannot find the author of the following quotation so I extend my apologies to him or her, but it is too valuable to be left unsaid: “The assumptions that are the most pernicious are the ones we don’t know we are making because they appear so intrinsically obvious.”
What assumptions are we making that may be preventing us from seeing a more realistic reality? Remember the flat-earth assumption? The earth is the center of the universe assumption? How about that some races or groups are superior to others? Incorrect assumptions distort reality, limit potential, and maintain the status quo. More accurate knowledge of the foundational dynamics involved in the world and the universe can help free human beings in many ways.
Plato thought there were two realities, the everyday world and the “ideal” world which existed in an unknown realm. I think there are two as well–the everyday world that we have come to know, and the world where the true dynamics are at work. They are of course the same worlds but most of us do not know that another model exists that may be far more accurate than the one that has been painted for us.
I would like to introduce a new way of looking at how the world and universe work. I call it the IMPACTS concept, named after the group I discovered ten years ago that has a powerful effect on the world in every conceivable category. The discovery of the group introduced a new variable into the study of human behavior and human society, and the subsequent study led me to the belief that there is a true dynamic operating across the universe. This dynamic I believe is manifested among human beings through the IMPACTS.
Let’s define what we mean by a dynamic. I think it is useful to look at its use as an adjective and a noun in order to fully grasp its importance.
From the American Heritage Dictionary:
Of or relating to energy or to objects in motion.
Characterized by continuous change, activity, or progress.
Marked by intensity and vigor; forceful.
An interactive system or process, especially one involving competing or conflicting forces.
A force, especially political, social, or psychological.
From Collins Essential English Dictionary:
Describing a person—full of energy, ambition, or new ideas.
Relating to a force of society, history, or the mind that produces a change.
Physics—relating to energy or forces that produce motion.
Full of energy, enthusiasm, and a sense of purpose and able to get things going and to get things done.
Characterized by vigorous activity and producing or undergoing change and development.
Sorry for the “dynamic” overload, but I want you to get a solid grasp of what the word means because it is integral to our discussion. You can see that a dynamic is about energy, motion, intensity, change, and competition with another force. That will be the essence of our analysis.
If you are familiar with a wolf pack, then you know that there are different roles within the group, and these roles appear to be etched into the genome. There are the leaders of the pack, the alpha male and female, a beta male or female which is second in command and is the glue that holds the pack together, an omega which suffers abuse from the rest of the pack as a way to help the pack relieve stress, and the remainder of the pack which vie for position.
The beta wolf performs multiple roles: patrolling the territory, taking care of the pups, settling disputes and trying to maintain peace and order, and generally attempting to answer needs that are not answered by the others. The beta wolf may or may not become the alpha but if the alpha is away, the beta is in charge.
The IMPACTS’ role in human society follows the same basic template as that of the beta in wolf society with a few additions. They hold society and human civilization together because they respond to needs that others do not see. They are the problem-solvers, and if you are a problem-solver, then you must be innovative, inventive, alert, flexible, persistent, passionate, precise, tenacious, focused, and empathic. In effect, like the beta wolf, if a problem-solver, you must be able to “remove yourself” from the predominant energy field in order to assess needs and draft solutions. You cannot allow yourself to get carried along by the “tide” of events.
I have found that the IMPACTS cut across all socioeconomic levels, and are usually the quiet leaders everywhere in society. Again, like the beta wolf, occasionally they will “rise” to the “alpha” ranks of society politically, but generally their representation in national politics is not what it is in other fields. They are also not found extensively in the military, except in the Navy, as most IMPACTS prefer to work for harmony and conflict resolution. But still, there will be IMPACTS everywhere though they will cluster in certain industries, such as healthcare, information technology, business in general, volunteerism, nonprofits, the arts, and science, just to mention a few. They are creative and productive—unless they are stymied. They are Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Iranians, Swedes, Turks, Ethiopians, Israelis, Palestinians—Muslims, Christians, Jews, Unitarians—anybody anywhere in the world. IMPACTS are the real Movers and Shakers, not the ones who usually get the credit for being so.
Traditional science will say that my work is not science because it cannot be tested. But how could you test a dynamic? To science, it doesn’t exist unless it can be measured, often putting science way behind the times because of its dependence on instrumentation. Science is from the Latin scientia meaning knowledge, but is today’s science really helping us get closer to a more correct description of true reality and the forces that shape it?
If science were in charge of reporting on a basketball game, there would be no heart, no desire, no overcoming adversity, no momentum—none of the intangibles—because they cannot be measured. So science would say the most important variables don’t exist. For reasons such as these, science can sometimes be a poor choice when looking for the “truth”.
Obviously something is amiss in all of this. I think what is needed is a new field called dynamic science which uses the measuring capabilities of science but adds a dynamic when one clearly exists. Of course, many would say that a dynamic and its strength are subjective and therefore useless, but in my opinion there is something deeper at work—quickly the dynamic could possibly be applied to the study of human behavior, and then a much clearer view of what is really happening in the world might emerge, something that could be extremely dangerous for all. So we go through the motions of “trying to figure out” the world while making sure that our foundational template prevents us from doing so. Not seeing a dynamic, or not allowing one to be seen, clearly aids those in charge of the paradigm. The world is what “they” say it is, and “they” are the protectors of the paradigm. Let’s see if we can identify a more accurate template of how the world and universe work. If we can, things may start making a lot more sense.
To get the template right, we are going to have to put ourselves back into nature and remove ourselves from the exclusive, exalted position we have constructed for human beings. The story of humanity that is being written—is it an accurate representation or is it closer to historical fiction? And who is in charge of writing the narrative?
I think the following 7 points are a good starting point in helping us understand the IMPACTS concept, including the role in human society and civilization of the group that I call the IMPACTS. Plus, I believe these points will also give us a much better idea of how the world and universe actually work. All of the 7 are distinctly related. The first one is the most important—it is the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics. All of the others follow from it. Most of us are familiar with the 1st Law of Thermodynamics which says that energy cannot be created or destroyed.
1) The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics rules the universe and explains, in my view, the whole workings of humankind and the universe. And it is very simple: concentrated energy will disperse, or break down and dissipate, if not hindered from doing so. From our viewpoint, the 2nd Law means movement away from order (concentrated energy) toward disorder, or entropy. But from the “viewpoint” of the 2nd Law, the reverse is the case—our order is its disorder and our disorder is its order. That is not as crazy as it sounds because within human society we have similar opposing viewpoints.
So we have order and we have entropy and the 2nd Law. Obviously we see much order when we look around—the earth, clouds, people, animals, buildings, the sun and stars, and much more—so some force is obviously keeping at least some things together.
To understand the 2nd Law let’s use the example of a tire that is properly inflated. The pressure inside the tire is significantly greater than the pressure outside the tire. But if someone sticks a nail in the tire, within seconds the pressure inside and outside the tire will be the same. The concentrated energy is dispersed quickly—unless hindered from doing so. The rubber was “hindering dispersal” but when it was punctured, there was nothing left to prevent the equalization of forces on the inside and the outside.
We need to keep in mind that the forces acting on human beings are the same forces operating throughout the universe. Just because we are on earth doesn’t mean we are free from universal forces. The 2nd Law is pushing humans apart in a psychological sense but an opposite force is trying to hold humanity together. The IMPACTS are the representation of that force just as the beta wolf is in the wolf pack. Both the IMPACTS and the beta wolf appear to not be as affected by the predominant alpha energy field as are the others.
So the basic foundation of the universe is that it tends toward a breakdown of concentrated energy, and there is a force that tries to overcome this tendency. If you understand the 2nd Law, you will be well on your way to understanding who the IMPACTS are and how the world and universe work.
Reminders from point #1:
There is a force in the universe that is pulling and pushing things apart and there is a force that is trying to hold them together. So strong bonding and attraction are obviously present.
2) The second item is the hydrogen atom with its one proton and one electron, two distinct forms of energy. This appears to be the basic template for the universe, which makes sense because it was the first atom, or the first structure where the two opposing forces were locked in an “embrace”. The proton, massive and dense, is pulling inward while the almost mass-less electron is reaching outward. It appears to me that the electron is actually captured—beyond the opposite-charge attraction between the proton and electron. And an imbalance exists—an asymmetry—even though the charges are equal. Electrons prefer to be paired, and the energy level closest to the nucleus can accommodate 2 electrons. Therefore the lone electron of the hydrogen atom is a valence electron, meaning that it is available to bond with the valence electron of another atom. When it does, balance is attained and a new structure, a molecule, is formed.
Life is built around carbon-based molecules. Carbon is a powerful bonding agent as it has 2 electrons in the first energy level and 4 electrons in the second energy level. This energy level needs 8 electrons to be full. So carbon makes a strong bonder for life because it is partially stable and partially reactive. It will often bond, through its valence electrons, with other carbon atoms as it seeks balance. So the bonding actions of the valence electrons enable life and hinder dispersal. Robert Piccioni, author of Everyone’s Guide to Atoms, Einstein, and the Universe and Can Life Be Merely An Accident? says that, “Any entity that can consistently overcome the 2nd Law is Alive.”
The valence electron is obviously an essential part of the life process. This is important as it relates to the IMPACTS. The IMPACTS are the valence electrons of society—they are the ones who are reaching out, bonding, trying to restore balance, and creating the NEW in the process.
Another important point to emphasize is the peripheral location of the valence electron. That is where change occurs to the structure (atom). The same happens in human society—the IMPACTS often reside near the periphery psychologically and sometimes physically as well.
I believe that the rest of the universe follows this model precisely. What do you see when you look at a galaxy? You see the exact same thing—a massive, dense core (black hole) and a “cloud” of stars. You see the same template as well when you look at human organizations, such as companies, countries, even families. That is why I believe you can look at the hydrogen atom and see the universe, including human civilization. Energy behaves the same wherever it is, and there appear to be two major forms of it, male energy (proton) and female energy (electron), throughout the universe. The IMPACTS people tend toward androgyny but lean significantly toward more female energy.
Reminders from point #2:
Valence electrons create the new through their bonding actions. IMPACTS behave similarly in society.
Valence electrons are on the periphery seeking balance. A large percentage of the IMPACTS are positioned on the periphery as well, psychologically and sometimes physically.
Bonding is a very important word as it relates to the IMPACTS, and to anything that is trying to overcome the 2nd Law, thus preventing dispersal and keeping things together.
3) The third point is photosynthesis which is the production of glucose utilizing carbon dioxide, water, and energy from the sun. The process of photosynthesis is opposite from the 2nd Law—photosynthesis is going against the grain, creating concentrated energy which can be used as fuel for life.
After the formation of the solar system over 4.5 billion years ago, it is believed that life started emerging early, 3.5 to 3.9 billion years ago. Early life was simple, mostly bacteria and archaea, both of which are prokaryotes, one-celled organisms which have no clearly-defined nucleus. Archaea are often characterized as extremophiles because they can survive in extreme environments such as volcanic hot springs. But they also live in our guts too, as do bacteria.
It is believed that cyanobacteria were the first photosynthesizers on earth. Oxygen, released as a waste product, started clearing the atmosphere of its toxicity and oxygenizing the oceans. But it took 2 billion years of this process to produce the beautiful blue planet we have today. Oxygen became the primary vehicle for breaking up glucose, in the process releasing the stored energy. Glucose became the foundational fuel for living things, and an important part of the infrastructure of life. Our brain utilizes glucose predominantly as its fuel. So the first fuel is still the primary fuel. We will see the same dynamic below when we discuss the San tribe.
About 1.5 to 2 billion years ago, life took a gigantic step. A cell formed with a nucleus though the exact way it happened is unclear. Nucleated cells are called eukaryotes. A virus could have taken over a cell, becoming the nucleus, and then capturing bacteria to be its energy producer. Or an archaeon could have combined with a form of bacteria in a process known as endosymbiosis. Or it could have happened another way. No matter—the important thing is that a nucleus was formed, capturing bacteria as its source of energy. These bacteria morphed into what we call mitochondria, which are found in most living cells. Not only do mitochondria produce energy, they also regulate cellular metabolism and perform a host of other functions. IMPACTS are the mitochondria of the human race. The template was set billions of years ago.
The same utilization of an existing energy source occurred with plants. The chloroplasts that enable photosynthesis within plants are “captured” cyanobacteria, which started the whole photosynthetic process.
Mitochondria had to produce energy for the cell, and the nucleus was dependent on a
peripheral agent to supply its energy needs. They were locked together, much more than
are the nucleus and electron of an atom. An electron can “escape” if it receives the right amount of energy. Mitochondria are not going anywhere. Life forces replicate the model of the atom, but life forms “structuralize” the forces, making change difficult.
When eukaryotic cells formed, the nucleus and mitochondria basically kept their own
DNA. There are now far fewer genes in the mitochondrial genome than are seen in its bacterial cousins because some genes have been lost and others have been absorbed by the DNA of the nucleus of the cell. That absorption increases the control of the nucleus over the mitochondria and entwines their activities more tightly. They are joined as one. We will see below that the exact same thing has occurred in the human world.
Bacterial remnants, chloroplasts and mitochondria, are still performing the two critical functions that are so necessary to life on earth: photosynthesis and energy-production for the cell. It is part of the great recycling, frugality, and efficiency of life in its utilization of energy. Life does not reinvent the wheel—it uses what is already on the shelf, efficiently conserving energy.
Bacteria help us digest our food and fend off bad bacteria. We could not survive a day
without them. Amazingly, there are more bacterial cells on us and within us than there
are human cells. Is it possible for this inter-species dynamic to be operating within the
human species—two very different elements working together, almost like two different
human species? Yes!
If you have ever watched water filling up an aquarium, searching out and covering every little crack and crevice, wrapping itself around all the rocks and stones, that is a good picture of the attitude of the IMPACTS, making sure nothing is missed and everything is covered. That also appears to be the attitude of life itself, finding a way to survive and thrive, to optimize potential in almost any environment, even extreme ones like bacteria living in sulfuric acid or in oil beneath the earth’s surface. Life may actually have started in such conditions and evolved as environmental conditions changed.
It appears that this is the way the universe works—a creative-productive female force lays the foundation, and then a male force captures the female force and the creative-production. We see the same thing occurring around the world among human beings. “Civilized” societies try to equalize the two forces.
Reminders from point # 3.
Nature doesn’t reinvent the wheel. Glucose became the first fuel and remained the predominant fuel for all of life. Plus, it became an important part of the infrastructure; e.g., as the foundation for cellulose in plants and critical to the production of proteins.
Fuel for life forms by going against the grain—or overcoming the 2nd Law.
IMPACTS are very similar as they often go against the grain in society—and likewise they are the fuel for the human race.
Capture remains a very important word in our discussion.
4) The fourth point is the nomadic, “borderless” San tribe of Africa with the shaman at the center. I think it is essential to have a basic knowledge of the San if we are to understand human civilization. The San as a group consisted of many different tribes, all very independent. The shamans were the problem-solvers and artists of the tribe though art was usually part of a story. Often the blood of an eland, a type of antelope, was used in the painting because the eland was deemed to be sacred and powerful. By laying one’s hands on the painting, one could derive strength. All such activities were, in effect, attempts to defeat the dispersal forces of life.
Another such activity was the shaman’s journey during a trance to the Spirit World, another example of separation from the predominant energy field. These ceremonies were attended by all the members of the tribe as people danced, sang, and clapped their hands around the campfire. In the Spirit World, animal guides would help the shaman as he searched for answers to individual and tribal problems. Then he would return to everyday reality with the answers.
Shamans made it all work—they were the glue (concentrated energy) that held the tribe together and the fuel (concentrated energy) that enabled survival. They would periodically meet with shamans from other San tribes where they would exchange information and ideas about how to deal with everyday problems and situations, again more evidence of the importance of bonding in order to keep things together as much as possible.
San-shamans were also the healers; their primary role was “to make well” and to keep individuals and the tribe safe and healthy. There were usually more male shamans than female shamans but the tribe overall was very androgynous and distinctly female-oriented. There was very little “maleness” and much “femaleness”.
DNA studies suggest that the San, often called the Bushmen, are the oldest modern humans. The San may be perhaps 130,000 years old, or more. Most of the surviving San people today, numbering between 50,000 to 100,000, live in southwestern Africa in the Kalahari Desert, which is located in parts of Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa. San behavior appears to have changed very little over the past 100,000 years, and when different San tribes encounter each other today, even after living tens of thousands of years apart, their behavior is almost identical.
In an ironic twist, the basic human and gender rights we battle for on a daily basis in the modern world have been the foundation of San society for over 100,000 years.
The San have always been a hunter-gatherer society, with 80% of the food gathered by women. Women were very autonomous and were treated as equals, but the San would not have understood a concept of inequality just as they did not understand the concept of property.
The nuclear family was the primary social unit. Hunter-gatherer bands would be formed of different families, each band comprising 20 to 50 people. Some of these mobile groups followed game, water, and food around the countryside, living in harmony with nature and the seasons, having no domesticated animals or crops and only minimal possessions. Other groups lived along the coast, dining on seals, shellfish, crayfish, birds, and even an occasional beached whale.
There was no hierarchy and no leadership position based on heredity. The male head of the main family or another elderly man with respected qualities would most likely lead the discussions where a group decision was required. Lengthy discussions would accompany the resolution of disputes. Everyone would be encouraged to offer their thoughts and opinions until a consensus was reached. True democracy was a way of life. If a consensus could not be reached, the families would simply divide up and go their separate ways. Among San tribes, there was no formal military system; there was no need for one with San generally being pacifists.
Male behavior extolled in today’s society would not have been tolerated in San society.
Alpha-like behavior would have been a threat to harmony and therefore to survival. Even with the kill of a large animal, the hunter’s achievement was downplayed while sharing was
Gender roles were minimal, but women did assume the principal duties of child-rearing
and cooking. But those responsibilities were coupled with the major decision-making
that developed around the children and their eventual marriages.
Children were adored by the entire San tribe and lavished with love and attention. San
fathers were affectionate and devoted, though most of the children’s time was spent with the mother. Relationships between parents and children were usually emotionally and physically close, and non-authoritarian.
Most of us are familiar with the belief that there was an out-of-Africa group or groups. From all of my research, the clear deduction is that it could only have been one group and that was the San tribe. That is why cultures around the globe were so similar for many thousands of years, and why paintings and artifacts found around the world were often almost identical to those of the San. I have never read where anyone has come to the conclusion that the San were the group that colonized the world. Why not? It is so obvious that there must be a powerful reason. The fifth point below will reveal why. What else are we missing that is totally obvious, and is it as important as the knowledge that the San were the out-of-Africa group? Our assumptions can totally distort reality. That is why it is so important to go as far back as possible when researching any topic.
The San and their descendants were the pre-agricultural humans—cooperative, community-oriented, sharing, egalitarian, innovative, independent, nature-centered, and helpful to one another. Borders and boundaries did not exist for them. The San tribe’s structure and approach to life became the “glucose”, foundation, and infrastructure for modern humans. The same basic San traits and attitudes reside today within the IMPACTS. And just as the beta wolf and the rest of the wolf pack are part of the wolf genome, I believe that the IMPACTS profile is part of the human genome. There is too much evidence for it to be ignored.
Reminders from point # 4:
The San were the out-of-Africa group.
The San were a tightly-bonded community with the problem-solving shamans at the center.
Relations were marked by egalitarianism, and there was no hierarchy.
The tribe was basically androgynous.
The San’s world was borderless and almost devoid of possessions.
The statements above apply significantly to the IMPACTS of today—they travel for opportunity; they bond easily with others and organizations; they generally favor egalitarianism and equality across the board; they are androgynous; they usually have an openness to other peoples and cultures; and they are more concerned with the “important” things in life rather than status and possessions.
5) The fifth important point is the emergence of agriculture about 10,000 years ago which changed the structure and functioning of human society dramatically. These changes have become especially prevalent over the past 6,000 years as nation-states have emerged and seized control of territory and people, something that would have been inconceivable to the San. Whereas humans had been nomadic in search of food, agriculture meant that now dietary needs could be met in a short period of time by relatively few workers, freeing energy for other pursuits. This enabled the development of a structural nucleus of society, or what I call the SN. Though small in number, this was and is the power-control center of society. Whereas the San and other pre-agricultural groups had been female-oriented, the development of agriculture allowed for the emergence of a male force which quickly gained control of human societies and the energy (fuel) needed to run them. That fuel was the IMPACTS group.
It was the exact same dynamic that we saw as prokaryotes “progressed” to eukaryotes—the San and San-like people laid the foundation for modern society and then a nucleus developed that utilized the San-like people as the energy-producers and the infrastructure-builders for the nucleated structure. The SN captured the IMPACTS (the San-like people) and used them for its fuel just as the hydrogen nucleus (the proton) captured the electron, the nucleus of the eukaryotic cell captured prokaryotic bacteria which became energy-producing mitochondria, and plants captured cyanobacteria to become chloroplasts.
IMPACTS, like mitochondria, appear to have “different” DNA from the DNA of the SN, metaphorically-speaking. The SN tries to continually pull its energy source, the IMPACTS, inward, tightening its control over its domain—“transferring IMPACTS DNA over to the nucleus”. The result is the group I call the SN-IMPACTS who seem to reside comfortably within the structure of society. They are effectively captured by the SN machine. All nuclei appear to behave the same way, grabbing productive energy when possible—from the black hole of a galaxy to the nucleus of a cell to the head of a company.
A significant percentage of IMPACTS resides on the periphery of society—I call them the P-IMPACTS. These consist of much of the art and culture crowd and other IMPACTS who just do not fit in the mainstream. The P-IMPACTS largely retain the original IMPACTS ‘DNA’. The SN-IMPACTS will be a much more significant part of the economy because they are closer to the mainstream than are the P-IMPACTS, the peripheral IMPACTS. But both groups want to learn, improve the world, and serve in their own unique ways. Plus IMPACTS in general enjoy interacting with other cultures, often traveling to foreign lands and frequently intermarrying with other cultures and races.
Just because an IMPACTS-person resides on the periphery does not mean that he or she has little influence. Quite the opposite really. Just as a comet or meteor can have a dramatic influence on earth, so too can the P-IMPACTS—sometimes what we might call positive and sometimes what we might call negative.
Today, the SN is the power-control center of the edifice, whatever that edifice may be. It could be a country, a company, a political party, or anything else. For example, a country’s SN would generally be the politicians, career bureaucrats, military leaders, and influential business people—and the traditional structure. The SN depends on the IMPACTS for its survival—a small number of IMPACTS means little creative-production and therefore little influence for the SN leadership. So it wants all of the IMPACTS, or San-like people, it can get in its domain just as a galaxy wants all of the stars and other galaxies it can grab. That’s why nation-states have always wanted to gobble up other cultures—to gather resources, both human and natural, in order to be able to exert more power and control.
Another quote from Robert Piccioni: “Life has a very unique relationship to the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics. That law makes a statistical statement–it is vastly more likely than not that in any closed system particle energies will equalize and disorder will increase. Life seems uniquely able to consistently overcome the 2nd Law, not by violating that law, but by systematically taking in more ordered matter and expelling less ordered matter. Life decreases its disorder at the expense of its surrounding. This is allowed by the 2nd Law, and is essential to any living organism.”
The same dynamic seems to apply everywhere, even among cultures and countries, as one will try to gain advantage and authority over others “. . . by systematically taking in more ordered matter and expelling less ordered matter.” In effect, on a societal level, this means taking in the skillful and “concentrated” IMPACTS because that means more order, more creative-production, and more power and control.
Reminders from point #5:
The emergence of agriculture changed everything. The San-like IMPACTS were gradually captured and became the mitochondria and infrastructure for the evolving nucleated societies, empires, and cultures. The more IMPACTS a society had, the better its chances of “success”, which was now measured through male eyes and values instead of the female lens that existed before agriculture.
Wars and battles and competition between male SNs effectively became “my IMPACTS versus your IMPACTS”. It is the same today—my fuel versus your fuel.
6) The story of the universe and everything else is really the story of a machine and what is required to enable it to operate—fuel. The shaman was the primary fuel for the San tribe; glucose is the fundamental fuel for life; the prokaryotic cell became the fuel for the eukaryotic cell; the valence electron is the fuel for the atom; stars provide the fuel for the galaxy; and the IMPACTS are the fuel for the human machine. Whatever develops first by overcoming the 2nd Law appears to become the fuel for the structures that follow.
Let’s look at an example from the natural world of the machine-fuel process at work.
In the Malaysian rainforests, a symbiotic relationship has been going on for millions of years between herdsman ants and mealybugs. The mealybugs chew on the leaves of certain plants and willfully share their honeydew with the ants. The ants in turn protect and care for the mealybugs, picking them up and carrying them to other leaves and trees when new sources of food are needed. The herdsman ants also accept the mealybugs into their nest, aiding them in the reproduction and care of their young. The mealybugs have been assimilated into the ant colony. Two different species have combined in a process of survival though it is obvious that the mealybugs are providing the fuel for the relationship.
Yes, the relationship is symbiotic, and each side is very content with its specific role. But this relationship developed over a very long time. We can be sure that there was a struggle for quite some time, many mealybugs not wanting to be subservient and share their food with ants. But natural selection prevailed and produced today’s relationship. Those mealybugs who did not share their food gradually died out as the ants became the ruling SN of their domain. This domain grew bigger and stronger over time with the help of the mealybugs who were subservient.
As mentioned, the same dynamic has been at work clearly and visibly in human civilization over the past 6,000 years or so. The IMPACTS have become the captured mealybugs to a very large degree though the process is still underway. And yes, it has been a struggle too and continues to be because all of the IMPACTS have not gone quietly. If we ever reach that state, there is little hope for the current human species. Why? Because the IMPACTS enable humanity to adapt to new conditions of any sort, and for this role they must possess an anti-status quo nature. The SN of humanity tries to control the expression of this nature, using it in measured ways—much as a car uses fuel.
The herdsman ants appear to understand their situation far better than we do ours, even though an ant’s brain is 1/40,000 the size of ours. How does one account for that? The ants know that the mealybugs are their sole source of energy, and they respond accordingly. The SN that leads human society still does not know the origin of its energy, though it generally believes it is propagating it with its “enlightened policies”.
The herdsman ants and mealybugs have been living like this for millions of years because each understands its role. Principally the ants know instinctively that they must care for their supply of energy, the mealybugs, in a careful, efficient manner–and they do this for each and every one.
Now compare that with human beings. Our culture lets the “market” dictate who receives what. You can see why the ants and mealybugs have lasted for so long and why we will certainly not–unless we become more like the ants and start caring for our supply of energy–people and the earth.
The IMPACTS concept shows that everything is following the exact same model, and that is the model of a machine and fuel. Businesses, countries, art and culture, human beings, the human brain, the hydrogen atom, galaxies, plants—all are machines and all need fuel in order to grow and function.
Reminders from point #6:
The basis of the universe is that of a machine and fuel. It appears that what develops first by overcoming the 2nd Law then becomes the fuel for what comes afterward.
7) The seventh point is the mother-child relationship, the ultimate “dispersal-hindering” human relationship. The IMPACTS profile is mostly a female-oriented profile as was the San tribe. So when considering the IMPACTS, think of the attitude a mother would have toward the safety, well-being, and future of her child or children. This is the basic attitude that IMPACTS have toward the world and whatever they are doing.
Some examples of that attitude of the mother and IMPACTS: a sense of urgency, hope for the future, the attempt to be efficient, immense love and caring, alert for needs, wanting “the best they can be”, innovative in search of solutions, wanting constant improvement, and the indefinable. What is at the heart of all of the above? They all aid in overcoming the 2nd Law and its dispersal tendencies.
I believe that love is the strongest known force within and among human beings because more than anything else, it fights to defeat the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics. That’s what a mother has for her child—and that’s what an IMPACTS-person usually has for other people, humanity at large, animals, and the earth. The survival of the human race depends on those two elements—mothers and IMPACTS. Not only are they both responsible for “new beginnings”, but they are also the solid support system and infrastructure—the mother for children, the IMPACTS for society.
Let me give you an example of the mother-child relationship that really signifies the IMPACTS profile and attitude.
Dmitri Mendeleev, the Russian who gave the world the Periodic Table of the Elements in 1869, was born in western Siberia in 1834, the last of 14-17 children. The actual total is in dispute. His father was an educator and teacher but early in Dmitri’s childhood, he went blind and later died of tuberculosis when Dmitri was in his early teens.
Dmitri’s mother, Maria, was from an entrepreneurial family. Her grandfather had started a glass-making business and a newspaper business. Upon the death of her husband, she took over management of the glass factory owned by her brother. Soon it burned to the ground, putting her, Dmitri, and her daughter in a desperate situation. The other children had already left the home.
Maria had been saving for years in the expectation of sending Dmitri to a university, as those around him perceived him to have an outstanding intellect. So now faced with few options and at age 57, she took the two children and hitchhiked 4,000 miles from Siberia to Moscow in an effort to enroll Dmitri in a university. Turned down in Moscow, they proceeded another 400 miles on to St. Petersburg to the school that his father had attended. A family friend was in charge and allowed Dmitri to take the exams. After passing them, he was given a full scholarship. But soon, his mother and sister both died of tuberculosis.
Dmitri said of his mother: “She instructed by example, corrected with love, and in order to devote me to science, left Siberia, spending her last resources and strength.”
Dmitri’s mother illustrates vividly the attitude of a large portion of the IMPACTS, and we see it in the mother-child relationship. This is no surprise because this is the foundation of human life—this is the dispersal-hindering agent—mother and child. This is IMPACTS energy and attitude. IMPACTS generally take this attitude out into the world, IMPACTS men and women alike. The world has to have this attitude or it would not last, just as the mother has to have this attitude or the human race would not last.
Let’s keep in mind the IMPACTS traits and characteristics that we see in the Mendeleev family:
Mother’s tenacious love
Strong family bonds
Travel for opportunities
Recovery from adversity
Coming from the periphery
The effort to actualize potential—to use all of that concentrated energy for good
Refusal to accept defeat
Discovery and invention.
IMPACTS are all different with varying degrees of IMPACTS energy. Some are more contemplative, like the San-shaman, while others are more interested in delivering the solutions. IMPACTS follow the makeup of the San tribe—some members were shamans, some were part of the supporting cast.
The periphery is an important component of the IMPACTS concept, and it starts with the valence electron and its asymmetry. Change comes from the periphery because the forces close to the nucleus and the SN generally inhibit innovation.
One aspect of the 2nd Law is that the environment must be continually re-infused with energy because of entropy (dispersal). The IMPACTS generally have significant concentrated energy and they infuse the environment with it wherever they go, often relocating to other environs when they see opportunities.
The model appears to be the same everywhere in the universe: two distinct forms of energy—a stronger male energy that actually appears to be an ally of the 2nd Law, and a creative, connecting, bonding, innovative female energy that tries to overcome dispersal. You can see it everywhere you look.
Throughout history since the dawn of agriculture, the narrative has been written as cultures against cultures. But actually it is really only PART of one culture against another. The IMPACTS, the fuel for every culture, are not generally against anyone. It is the SN which takes the fuel of the IMPACTS and creates adversaries. Tragically, the peaceful and borderless IMPACTS are often used as the fuel for war and territorial expansion.
Paradigms are set up to benefit those in control. We need a new one, one that encompasses all of the variables, not just the ones the SN favors. What we now have is crafted by those who have the power to serve those who have the power. The IMPACTS dynamic and concept is really about the “little guy” force in the universe, and there appears to be one throughout, one which is struggling mightily to keep everything together.
I think a few quotes are appropriate as we conclude.
“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”
Seneca, Roman philosopher and statesman.
And from T.S. Eliot:
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
”Do I dare disturb the universe?”
It is up to each of us–do we blindly follow along or do we dare disturb the present universe and create a better way?
Dickey Eason is the author of The IMPACTS Dynamic—Working Against Dispersal in Human Society and Across the Universe, available at Amazon.com. More info at http://www.theimpacts.com.